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$600K to fund safety and security improvements at DSISD

Staff Report

DRIPPING SPRINGS – The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Wednesday, June 8, and approved $600,000 to be spent on safety and security improvements for the district.

Details about the specific improvements were not publicly released given the security-sensitive nature of the items. The district will fund the improvements using unspent funds from the 2018 bond. The recommendation for these improvements was created by the district administration in collaboration with the district’s Safety and Security Committee and evaluated by the district’s Bond Advisory Committee.

“The safety and security of our students and staff is our first and most important priority and we appreciate the Board’s leadership in funding these important measures. These enhancements are only one part of the district’s safety and security program and we are glad to be in a favorable financial position with our 2018 bond funds due to savings generated throughout the bond projects,” said Dr. Holly Morris-Kuentz, Superintendent.

The special meeting was called in advance of the full Bond Advisory Committee’s presentation, which is scheduled to be presented during the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Monday, June 27, in an effort to create the most lead time for delivery given the current supply chain challenges.

“The Board of Trustees is committed to continuing to prioritize safety and security through funding initiatives and working to implement security best practices across DSISD,” added Dr. Mary Jane Hetrick, Board of Trustees President.

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